ESEA: Examining Testing Requirements

Federal laws – the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – require that students with disabilities take an annual assessment. Schools, districts, and states are required to report student performance on these tests. This reporting allows parents to see how students with disabilities are performing compares to students without disabilities.

Every state assessment system includes a general assessment and an alternate assessment, which is available for some students with disabilities. This infographic examines the two assessments and the implications of each.